Dr. Eugene and Marylou Habecker
It is indeed a humbling experience to be asked by one's alma mater to
serve as president and first lady. We have felt God's calling very clearly
in returning to this place. We do so with incredible joy and expectations
about all that God is going to do.
We have a wonderful challenge and opportunity that we need to fully
leverage together. Let me emphasize that word together — two people
cannot do this, five people cannot do it, but many people connected with
arms linked together can do great things.
"For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those
whose hearts are fully committed to him (2 Chronicles 16:9)." This is
a challenge to have the kind of people that God can fully use and wants
to use, whether that be at the student level, the staff level, the faculty level or the board
level. We want to be those kind of people here at Taylor University so that we can work
together to accomplish His work.
"Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain . . . (Psalm 127:1)." Even now
as we anticipate the wonderful things I know in my heart that God is going to do with all
of us working together, unless the Lord builds it, we labor in vain.
Let us not labor in vain. Let's toil together building the house that He has planned and
in doing so become all God wants us to become — globally, regionally, nationally and
internationally. Let's keep the main thing the main thing as we go onward-helping learners
connect with God's love for the world.
Marylou and I are excited about this place, and we look forward to all that God has for us
to accomplish — together. God will do exceedingly above and beyond what we can ever
dare ask for or imagine. Let's pray and trust Him to do just that. Even now, before it even
happens, let's promise to give Him the glory and the praise for all he will do in the days
In closing, "May the God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through.
May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus.
The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it (II Thessalonians 5:23)." And so he will.
TAYLOR UNIVERSITY FORT WAYNE
4 Doors of Opportunity
8 Home Is Where the Heart Is
1 2 Alumni and Current Students' Paths
1 7 Presidential Transition
18 Annual Report
28 Campus News
30 Lilly Initiative
3 1 WBCL Radio Network
32 The Pathway Home:
New Alumni Director Appointed
34 Homecoming/Parents' Weekend
36 News Notes
On the Cover:
Dr. Habecker mingles with TUFW students.
Dr. Eugene Habecker
V.P. for University Advancement
Mr. Harold Hazen
Assoc. V.P. for Advancement
Mrs. Sherri Harter
Director of Alumni Relations
Mr Scott Raymond
Assoc. Dir. of University Relations
Mrs. Lisa Allen
Lisa Allen, Aimee Betsui, Char Binkley,
Serena Duke, Lorie Vincent
Lisa Allen, Jim Garringer, Scott Raymond
Lisa Allen, Steve Christensen, Tonya Hammond
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and staff by the Office of University Relations. Direct inquiries and comments to: TUFW, Office of
University Relations, 1025 W. Rudisill Blvd, Fort Wayne, IN 46807.
Doors of opportunity
President Eugene Habecker's plan to help
Taylor University achieve its full potential
Left: Dr. Habecker addresses the Taylor
community with his vision for the future.
Below: A painting of his
first schoolhouse in Lancaster, PA,
hangs in his study.
Gene Habecker gTUU68 has come a long way from the
one-room schoolhouse in Hershey, PA, where he began
his formal education. It was an experience he describes
as "one of the most enriching educational experiences
of my life" because he was able to hear his school
lessons, as well as those for grades above him. The
experience ignited a spark within him for education,
one that has been fanned into a full-fledged fire over the
Gene came to Taylor in 1964, sight unseen. He heard
of Taylor through a family friend, and though he was
unsure if he was college material, he applied anyway.
Fortunately for Gene he was accepted, since Taylor was
the only school to which he applied. "I didn't even know
what a Christian liberal arts college was," he said. "But I
had a clear sense that this is where God wanted me."
His time at Taylor was "unbelievable" and "where God
got ahold of (his) life." A political science major. Gene
did not have his sights set on any particular career;
rather, he looked to the Lord for guidance. "I had no
idea what He was going to do with me," he said. "But it
was the quality of preparation I received at Taylor that
allowed me to embrace opportunities when God opened
God certainly has opened doors, and Gene has been
faithful to walk through. After Taylor, he earned degrees
from Ball State University, University of Michigan and
Temple University School of Law.
Below: Dr. Habecker is serious
about his work — and his faith.
...being a leader who follows the heartbeat of the Lord."
He truly has a heart for servant leadership, a subject
he has devoted to three books. Gene hopes to model
these principles during his time at Taylor "It's using
power and authority and influence in their right
ways that makes the difference in being a leader who
follows the heartbeat of the Lord."
Only a few years ago, Gene began to feel that
heartbeat — the nudgings of the Holy Spirit — urging
him to invest his life in the next generation. He
pursued some adjunct faculty work on the side, but it
wasn't until the Taylor presidency opened that he and
Marylou felt that they could directly "pour our lives
into students, sharing with them what we're learning,
the good and the bad."
And that's exactly what they plan to do each week.
They will host a weekly one-hour session in their
home for student leaders (and anyone else who would
like to attend). For the first 15-20 minutes, Gene and
Marylou will share what they feel God is teaching
them and what it means to be a follower of Christ.
The remainder of the time will be open for discussion
and questions about anything from the University to
the Bible and beyond.
They hope to initiate an active "welcome" with
students, desiring for the President's home in Upland
to be a beehive oJF activity. "This home is an asset to
the University and will be fully deployed to help it
achieve its mission," he said. "We'll be disappointed if
we don't have thousands of people through this home
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Below: Dr. Habecker meets
with students in his office.
*To whom God has entrusted much, much is required."
Gene also hopes to meet as many Taylor Fort Wayne
student groups as possible. He has attended the
TUFW student leadership breakfast and plans to
meet with many other students, faculty and staff on a
Returning to Taylor "is a very humbling thing because
it is a huge opportunity," he said. He also recognizes
the great responsibility that comes along with it. "To
whom God has entrusted much, much is required."
Indeed it is. Gene and Marylou are planning for
just that. "Our goal is to have Taylor achieve its full
Regardless of what the future holds for Taylor, Gene
plans to let God direct his steps. "I let Him lead, and I
follow. When He zigs, I'm going to zig; when He zags,
I'm going to zag," he said. It's that faithful obedience
that has brought him all the way from a one-room
schoolhouse in Pennsylvania to President of Taylor
University in Indiana.
A portrait of his one-room schoolhouse now hangs
in Gene's study. It serves as a reminder of his humble
educational beginning — and of the many doors
God has opened. And Gene's desire is to help equip
students to do the same.
-Serena Duke, Taylor University Upland editor
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Home is where
the heart is
Marylou Habecker's hospitality is
apparent to all who enter.
Left: Full of grace and warmth,
Maylou's gentle spirit glows with
love for Christ.
Maintenance men were busy planting flowers, moving shrubs and generally
sprucing up the area as I walked the sidewalk to my destination, the
The door swung open to reveal a friendly face, first lady Marylou
(Napolitano gTUU68) Habecker She graciously welcomed me into the 39-
year-old home. Her gentle spirit was immediately evident and matched by
her soft-spoken nature.
The smell of fresh paint flooded my nostrils as I stepped over the threshold.
She quickly introduced me to the housekeepers who were polishing the
We proceeded through a maze of boxes to the kitchen. The counter was
covered with gifts welcoming them to Upland. "Everyone has been so
gracious," she said as she searched the cupboards for drinking glasses. She
explained how people in the community had already left everything from
chocolate chip cookies to fresh tomatoes on their doorstep.
With our glasses full, we made our way to the living room and settled in
for an interview next to the baby grand piano. The room was cluttered
with furniture and boxes waiting to be opened. Bare walls screamed for
decor; empty shelves invited adornment. The Habeckers arrived in Upland
only one day earlier and planned to leave in a few days for a ten-day trip to
South Africa is just one of many countries the Habeckers have visited,
serving others and developing their passion for global engagement. Their
involvement with the American Bible Society for 14 years sent them,
literally, around the world.
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*1t feels like we never left...''
Far left: The Habeckers
pray together at their
introduction to the
Taylor Fort Wayne community.
Perhaps most memorable for Marylou is visiting
Jerusalem and the Seven Wonders of the World. But
it was Garbage Village in Cairo, Egypt, that tugged
at her heart.
Garbage Village, whose name reflects its smell, is
a recycling center where the poorest of the poor
gather trash, sort it and sell it in an attempt to make
a living. A destitute man was walking through the
town when he heard Scripture being recited from
a tape recording. He went back night after night to
hear about Jesus. Although he lived in the middle
of a garbage heap and had missing teeth, he still
proclaimed, "Now when I have trouble I have hope
because Jesus is in my heart."
Marylou offered her perspective, "You can take the
slickest looking guy in New York City that's so put
together and perfect, but Jesus looks at the inside
of our hearts, not what's on the outside." Her hazel
eyes filled with tears as she recalled the touching
Only a few seconds later, they lit up as in walked
her husband Gene Habecker gTUU68 (who she
describes as "incredibly Godly, passionate and the
most biblically-centered person I know").
"Hi, Sweetie," he said as he came over and gently
kissed her cheek. Gene and Marylou 's romance
began as students at Taylor. They were married
the summer after they graduated and this past July
celebrated their 37th wedding anniversary.
A first generation college student from Michigan,
Marylou came to Taylor and, admittedly, "had
no idea what a credit hour was!" She graduated
with an elementary education major four years
later — and a better understanding of the Christian
community she now so loves. "I couldn't believe
what I experienced at Taylor, primarily the people,
secondarily the education."
Since 2004, she has served as a Taylor Board
member, a position she held until Gene accepted
the presidency. Not surprisingly, Marylou and Gene
share a passion for Christian higher education. "Our
hearts have always been in (it)," she said.
But Marylou 's focus is on cultivating relationships.
She hopes to be involved in the community and in
the lives of students, faculty and staff — ultimately
reaching people where their needs are and walking
alongside them. "We feel like God has brought us
back and that many lives will be changed, ours
included," she said.
And so Gene and Marylou return to Taylor
University to do Christ's work with joy in their
hearts and wide smiles on their faces. "It feels like
we never left (Taylor) but have a whole lot more
experience and the war scars of life," she said.
With a big grin, she bid me farewell. As she did,
the sunlight from the front door reflected off the
delicate blue hearts on her necklace, causing them
As I left their dwelling, maintenance men were still
toiling away in the noonday heat. Although they
still had some cosmetic improvements to make, if
home is where the heart is, they are already home.
-Serena Duke, Taylor University Upland editor
Autumn Bonecutter g05 poses with the sea Hons
at the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo
How many of us, at the end of a
hectic work day, have thought
that "work was a zoo today?" For
Autumn Bonecutter '05, work is a zoo
Autumn serves as volunteer
coordinator at the Fort Wayne
Children's Zoo. Although the position
is an intense and exhausting one
(she oversees approximately 300
volunteers who serve around 26,000
hours a year), it is an enjoyable one
and she feels blessed to have it.
With half a million visitors each year,
coordinating daily volunteers on and
off site is a huge juggling act.
Her own life's path took an unusual
route, as well, attending two colleges
and pursuing several different majors
before transferring to Taylor University
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While considering a career as a
missionary, Autumn traveled to the
safari-land of Kenya, with friends
of the family who were natives
of the country. While there, she
attended "Extreme Weekend,"
a youth conference that had an
extreme impact on her personally
and professionally. The US-based
ministry group traveled all over the
world to present the Gospel. "I was
enamored with the idea of sharing
the Gospel in this format," Autumn
begins. "It was at that event that I
decided I wanted to 'conquer the
world for Jesus,' one conference/
event at a time."
"After I returned from Kenya, I
sat out of college for awhile. Fort
Wayne Bible College graduates and
friends of the family told me about
Taylor Fort Wayne and I discovered
the public relations program and
youth conference event-l was sold!"
As with most majors at Taylor
Fort Wayne, students are required to
complete internship and practicum
experiences at two separate sites.
Autumn completed a practicum at
the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo in
2003 where she received practical
public relations experiences, updating
Autumn of the volunteer service
position at the zoo. And, as they say,
the rest is history.
Although Autumn is not able to
share the Gospel with words at the
zoo, like at Extreme Weekend, she
is having an impact. She shares,"!
keep my eyes on eternity. I know
the zoo's media list, « • n tt-
preparing news releases, -1^ all your ways acknowledge Him,^^
writing for the zoo's and He will make your paths straight."
and helping with special events.
In the fall of 2004, she took
an internship at Early Childhood
Alliance (ECA) where the
majority of her experiences focused
on the area of development skills
such as: grant research and writing,
press releases, annual report
publication and donor recruitment
In January 2005, with graduation
just months away. Autumn began to
look for a full-time position in public
relations. An ECA co-worker told
my actions speak louder than words,
so I perform my job to my greatest
ability and treat my coworkers and
the public with value, respect and
Autumn adds, "I've learned to
take the paths God put before me. I
had 'round-about paths getting here
(TUFW), and I don't regret any of
them. I'm making the most of the
opportunities God has given me."
Her next step on the path?
Autumn plans to pursue a master's
degree in communications.
In 25 games during his junior year,
Bemba Sylla, pictured above, scored
46 goals and assised 14 others. In his
senior year, Bemba played 1 9 games and
scored 30 goals and assisted nine others.
He was named MVP and player of the
year at the Christian School National
Tournament both years and was asked
to play on the US amateur national team.
If you are a novice, the term "sports"
may be used of leisure activities; for
professionals, sports is linked with
fame; for Bemba Sylla, sports means a
Bemba was born and raised by
Fanta and Abdoulaye Sylla, in Mali,
Africa, a country about twice the size
of Texas. In a country where 3 1% of
its population is literate, it is hard to
imagine that a college educated person
would not be able to find employment,
but Bemba's oldest brother, who has
a degree in mathematics, has found
himself in just this situation. In fact, it
is so difficult to find a job that several
of Bemba's aunts, uncles and cousins
also live with Bemba's parents; the
household numbers over 40 members.
A stellar basketball player, Bemba's
second oldest brother, Oumar,
attended a prep school in New
York and competed in European
tournaments. Scott Drew, current head
basketball coach at Baylor University,
former head coach at Valparaiso,
recruited Oumar to play at Valparaiso.
Scott Drew was also instrumental in
bringing Bemba to the Midwest.
There were many changes ahead for
Bemba: a new country, a new language,
a new family, a new faith.
Bemba arrived in Warsaw, Indiana,
the fall of 2003, not able to speak any
English (the official language of Mali is
French); taking classes in the United
States were a minor challenge. His
report card, mostly A's and B's, reveals
he mastered the language. That he
faired well on the sports field is also an
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a pathway to Christ
Bemba attended and played soccer
for Lakeland Christian High School his
junior and senior years. He played 25
games during his junior year, scoring
46 goals and assisting 14 others. In his
senior year, Bemba played 1 9 games,
scoring 30 goals and assisting nine
others. He was named MVP and player
of the year at the Christian School
National Tournament both years in
Tennessee and was asked to play on
the US amateur national team. And,
although his name appears on the list
of Top 1 00 soccer/athlete recruits in
the country, and most of the athletes
on that list are heading to UCLA or
Duke this fall, Bemba chose to attend
Taylor Fort Wayne.
Just a few years ago, a Christian
education would not have been
important to Bemba; his home country
of Mali is 90% Muslim, but, "Christ
changed my life," he shares. Bemba
became a Christian his first year at
Lakeland through the Bible classes he
Secondly, his host father, Frank
Starkweather, suggested Bemba stay in
the US and pursue a college education,
rather than pursue a career as an
athlete in Europe.
Tim Kintz,TUFW soccer coach, had
attended many of Bemba's soccer
games over the past two years and
prompted Bemba to visit campus. Tim
also extended an invitation for Bemba
to play soccer with the men's soccer
team at the Fort Wayne Golf Dome
this past winter.
"A lot of colleges looked at me,"
Bemba begins, "but I wanted to come
Bemba plans to pursue a degree in
business, but ultimately intends
to return to his home country and
do missions work. He is not waiting
for his bachelor's degree to start
ministering. He has literally sent the
clothes off his back to his friends in
Africa. When asked what he does for
his own clothes, he responded, "I have
some clothes from Goodwill; I don't
Bemba may very well be this
century's "Samuel Morris," who
wanted a Christian education so he
could go back to his home country of
Liberia, Africa, to minister, and in like
manner, did not want much for himself.
When assigned a residence hall room
at Taylor University, Samuel said, "give
me the room no one else wants."
Christ came to give us a future and a
hope. Bemba now has both.
Tim Groman, senior, completed an internship
with Beazer Homes this summer and was asked
by the organization to continue working during
the academic year in a staff position.
Building homes means building lives. Many have tuned into
ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and have seen the
transformation of lives that have come, just from improved housing.
Homebuilders have the opportunity to construct homes and change
lives for families all the time. TUFW senior and business management
major, Tim Groman, shared these experiences over the summer.
Tim completed an internship locally with Beazer Homes. His advisor,
Evan Wood, chair of the business department, arranged the internship.
Tim served as assistant to construction manager, Glenn Claycomb.
Glenn shares, "I have worked with interns in the past. There is a
distinct difference in working with students who need to complete a
practicum and those who are like Tim, who thoroughly enjoy learning
and intend to pursue this field."
He adds, "I have never had an intern I trusted with program
implementation before Tim." Tim has been asked to stay with Beazer
Homes part-time, during the academic year, inspecting subdivisions
and giving recommendations to onsite superintendents. He will also
serve as SWPPP (storm water pollution prevention plan) organizer,
researching storm water control and erosion control and preparing a
legal document that Beazer will use for EPA compliance. "I feel that
my marketing classes have prepared me well for this task. I have had
to complete large projects and make presentations to boards of two
local companies as class experience," Tim shares.
Tim's interest in home construction began when he was a small
boy. His grandfather bought, remodeled and rented out houses, and
Tim helped him with the renovations. The experiences they shared
impacted Tim for a lifetime as he prepares at TUFW for a career in
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TIME OF TRANSITION
The President of Taylor University functions as the chief executive officer of the
institution, accounting for the overall leadership and management. Since 2000, this
position was filled by David Gyertson. However, returning to his "original calling" to
"equip emerging world leaders for the Christian faith," he now serves as distinguished
professor of leadership formation and renewal at the School of Leadership Studies at
Subsequently, God called Eugene Habecker to return to his alma mater to fill the
presidential vacancy. And he does so with passion and enthusiasm. "We anticipate a
wonderful and exciting ministry at Taylor, and we have incredible expectations for what
God is going to do as He leads us together to embrace dreams greater than memories,"
Gyertson and Habecker worked together to ensure a smooth time of transition. The
following report represents the 2004-05 fiscal year, under the direction of Gyertson. We
look forward to all God has in the future under Habecker's leadership.
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Between the lines
The following pages represent a brief overview of the past
year, but it is not the whole story. These facts and figures say
much about Taylor's successes, but they don't adequately
reflect the whole-person education, the spiritual growth or the
changed lives that happen each year That's what it's all about.
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PrOVO^^T Annual Report 2004 05
Progress Toward Achieving 2004-05
• Development of New Site and Facility Master Plans for the Upland and Fort Wayne Campuses
At the January Board meeting the Troyer Group presented an overview of the proposed Upland master
plan. The Fort Wayne master plan is in the final stage of development.
• Life Together Covenant Review
The University Council for Assessment and Planning (UCAP) held forums requested by the Board UTC Task
Force with key University stakeholders for the purpose of soliciting comments and suggestions about the
current version of the UTC.
• Implementation of the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP)
In January 2004 the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association approved Taylor's AQIP
application. Action projects for the next three years have been developed.
• Enrollment Management
Refining current enrollment management practices as well as developing improved monitoring, forecasting
and reporting plans have reached new levels of attention and sophistication over the past year. New
financial aid packaging standards designed to target specific student profiles have been implemented. Most
noteworthy is the strong ongoing academic affairs/student affairs collaboration efforts that have resulted in
raising freshman retention three precent in 2004, streamling class scheduling procedures and developing
a freshman Irish Studies Program that achieves program enrichment goals as well as meets enrollment
targets on the Upland campus.
• The Luminis Portal, my TAYLOR, was implemented in Fall 2004.
• The wireless network was expanded on both campuses.
• Stephen Dayton was hired in September 2004 as the key staff member responsible for institutional
reporting, analyzing data and preparing ad hoc reports needed for "data- enriched decision making." The
Institutional Fact Book was expanded this year and now includes program assessment reports. The Alumni
Survey for the class of 2001 was completed. Analysis is underway.
• The Upland vice president for academic affairs search process was suspended when President Gyertson
announced plans to accept a faculty appointment at Regent University in 2005.
• The new academic governance model is working well and being refined as issues arise.
• A faculty salary study subcommittee of the Faculty Personnel Committee is developing guiding principles
and compensation recommendations.
• CTE & CR&I — both the Center for Teaching Excellence and Center for Research and Innovation programs
are unfolding according to proposed timelines.
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Academic Affairs ''"""=" '*^p'"^ '°°' °'
At the heart of Taylor University's academic Hfe is a committed faculty. Eleven new members joined
the ranks for the 2004-05 year. Four faculty members were recognized for their long-term service
as they retired: Dr. Eleanor Barrick, modern languages; Robert Benjamin, accounting; Dr Timothy
Diller, computer science; and Janet Loy, modern languages.
The 40th Annual Science Seminar focused on the scientific study of origins. The goal was to expose
students to the broad range of views held by speakers who have a Christian orientation.
Taylor students competed well this year in the Ethics Bowl, the Michigan Annual Take Home
Competition in Mathematics, and a national science competition in Texas where the nanosatellite
One hundred thirty-five students studied at 21 different off-campus sites during 2004-05.
New media majors were introduced in the art, communication arts and the computer science
departments. These interdisciplinary majors are designed to reflect the convergence of
communication, technology and design in broadcast, web and print media.
TABS (Taylor Association of Business Students) planned a successful day-long conference in
February attended by over 300 students. Sixteen presenters, many Taylor alumni, gave students a
view of what to expect in the workplace.
Interterm is here to stay! After a thorough study, the faculty voted to retain a 4-1-4 calendar to allow
for off-campus travel and intensive focus on one subject, thus enhancing student performance.
Several opportunities for collaboration in research projects between faculty and students emerged
this yean The Center for Research and Innovation received a Lilly Endowment "intellectual capital
grant," part of which was to bolster research.
Fort Wayne Campus
Academic Affairs on the Fort Wayne campus became a more autonomous unit within the
University. A separate Academic Policy and Curriculum Committee was formed to review issues
that only pertain to the Fort Wayne campus. Two campus associate deans were installed to assist
in administrative duties. Campus academic departments were formed that relate more closely to
the campus context.
The campus' distinctive of spiritual formation was enhanced dramatically. Many full-time
faculty assigned "soul projects" enabling students to meditate extensively on scriptures relevant
to course topics.
Distinguished visiting practitioners and strategic partnerships advanced the applied majors
offered on campus.
A newly forged partnership between Prison Fellowship and the Justice Studies Department
trained criminal justice majors to mentor children with incarcerated parents.
An internal partnership between the Center for Lifelong Learning and several academic
departments on campus created a path for an associate's degree online and the completion of
a bachelor's degree on campus. This program, known as 2+2, is targeting to students from a
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University Advancement ''"""=" '*^p°'^ '°°' °'
• The Taylor Fund continued to increase again this year with a total of $1,531,273, a
1 7 percent increase over the previous year
• Taylor University's extended phonathon for the Taylor Fund marked a 65 percent increase over
last year's total. Total pledged for fiscal 2004-05 is $407,402 from 3,456 pledges.
• Alumni participation continues to grow with 46 percent of alumni solicited giving to the
University. The national average for private liberal arts colleges is 9.4 percent.
University Relations and Marketing
• With refined marketing and branding programs in place, publications have moved to a level of
improved excellence, including three issues of the award-winning Taylor magazine annually.
• Presidential transition plans dominated the second half of the year, with emphasis on
communication via print and Web.
• The Kesler Student Activities Center dedication took place during Homecoming 2004.
Plans for major Web site revisions are in place, and new portals have been launched.
• The office of Alumni Relations is building relationships with students, alumni and friends.
Regional chapters have been established in Indianapolis, Grand Rapids, Washington D.C.,
Chicago and Orlando. Online resources such as the Taylor Web site, monthly eNews and the
soon-to-be-launched alumni portal and online directory make communication with
alumni more effective and efficient.
William Taylor Foundation
• The Foundation accounted for over $3,790,000 in bequests, as well as capital, current and
deferred gifts. Individuals were encouraged to make sure they have all of their proper
documents in order, including wills, living trusts (if needed), power of attorney, health care
representatives and living wills.
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Fort Wayne Campus
• The Council of 1 00 recognition program was launched in October 2004 with 44 members
inducted. The Wall of Honor, located in the Eicher Student Commons, was also installed.
• The Fort Wayne Fund exceeded its $545,000 goal with the help of phonathon pledges
exceeding $82,000 and 37 percent alumni participation. The two-week phonathon experienced
a 1 6 percent increase from last fiscal year
• Over $75,000 was raised through direct mail, a 30 percent increase over the previous year, with
each dollar costing only $.10 to raise.
• The establishment of the Peter L. Eicher Giving Society was announced. Members of the
giving society are faculty and staff donors. Employee giving for the 2004-05 fiscal year was
• The new Web site for the Fort Wayne campus was launched in October 2004.
• University Relations collaborated with Admissions to implement new marketing concepts, which
resulted in enhanced publications, promotional materials, television commercials and radio
spots. The new tagline "Where your calling takes shape" has been well-received.
• The first edition of Profiles in Servant Leadership was published, and University Relations
played a key role promoting the Lilly Guest Lecture Series.
• The Alumni Directory was completed and distributed.
• Homecoming/Parents Weekend was a huge success raising over $6,000 for the Student
Emergency Fund with over 150 alumni attending.
• A state-of-the-art power point presentation was developed to share information with alumni,
friends, students and parents.
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Business and Finance
Annual Report 2004-05
(in thousands of dollars)
Cash and Cash Equivalents
Governmental Financial Aid
Unrestricted Net Assets
Temporary Restricted Net Assets
Permanently Restricted Net Assets
TOTAL NET ASSETS
TOTAL LL^ILITIES AND NET ASSETS
Net Tuition and Fees
Gifts (Unrestricted and Program)
Unrestricted Endowment Income and Investments
''Dining Commons, Rooms, Bookstore, etc.
Includes Upland, Fort Wayne and the Center for Lifelong Learning
Student Affairs ''"""'" ''^""'^ '°°' °'
Taylor World Outreach sponsored eight trips over spring break to the Virgin Islands, Russia,
Ecuador, Dominican Republic, the Bahamas, Mexico, Daytona Beach and Homestead, Fla. Over
150 students, faculty and staff were involved.
Residence Life Programs presented their annual "Sex in the Village" series focusing on issues of
sexual abuse, including how to help survivors of sexual abuse and the effects of pornography.
The Leadership Initiative of Taylor programs had approximately 450 attend their monthly
leadership training seminars.
The Campus Ministries Office raised over $14,000 to assist Tsunami relief efforts.
The Career Development Office (CDO) Task Force recommended the relocation of the CDO to the
Student Union to take advantage of higher levels of student traffic. Two new staff persons have
also been added.
Men's and Women's Conferences had approximately 300 and 500 participants respectively.
The Multicultural Task Force is in the process of developing recommendations for improving the
experience of current American ethnic students.
This past fall, Taylor University welcomed 477 freshmen to the Upland campus. Admissions hosted
over 1700 visitors and conducted over 1600 interviews. This freshman class, the largest in the past
three years, came to Upland from 34 states and 10 countries. Over 70 percent are from out of state;
they averaged a 3.6 GPA in high school, where 37 percent of them graduated in the top ten percent
of their class. They averaged 1 182 on the SAT and 26.3 on the ACT. Over 27 percent are either the
child of an alumnus or the sibling of a current student.
The 2004-05 athletic season was highlighted by six Trojan teams earning
the right to compete at the NAIA National Championship level.
• Five NAIA All-Americans
• Eleven NAIA Scholar-Athletes
• Thirty-two MCC All- Conference Athletes
• Eight Mid-States Football Association All-Conference Athletes
• Three MCC Coach of the Year awards
• Three MCC Regular Season Champions
• One MCC Tournament Champion
24 alumnus ES Fall 2005
Student Affairs '^"""=" "^^p"" ^°°^ °^
Fort Wayne Campus
Taylor University Fort Wayne student development, dedicated to "whole person" maturity, made
the theme, "Lead a life worthy of the calling," its heartbeat. A campus committed to intentional
spiritual formation, chapel programs and campus discipleship played key roles. Ninety-seven
students participated in Taylor World Outreach short-term mission experiences, including four
trips to Jamaica, with a special hurricane relief trip after Hurricane Ivan, and two to Ecuador. On
campus, Discipleship Coordinators planned topical Bible studies, available to students and staff,
in small group settings throughout the academic year.
The Lilian Rolf Home and the Clyde Taylor House held upperclass females majoring in elementary
education and upperclass males majoring in computer science, respectively. Hausser Hall served
as the first-year student residence with men on the first floor and women on the second. The new
configuration provided opportunities for developing friendships and programming to be geared
specifically toward new students.
The Taylor Student Organization had a productive year as they worked to expand library and
fitness center hours. In addition, new aerobic equipment was purchased with TSO funding, and
the senior class donated benches placed under the flagpole in the Witmer Circle.
Intentional branding efforts were launched in the 2004-05 recruitment year to develop a market
niche for students seeking curricular and co-curricular programs emphasizing applied learning
and spiritual formation in the Christian higher education context. These efforts helped to shape a
freshman class that is less regional, more diverse and more confident in their vocational calling.
The 2004-05 athletic season was highlighted by the Lady Falcon volleyball finishing second in the
2004 U.S. Collegiate Athletic Association National Tournament, and the ladies' basketball team
placed fifth in the USCAA National Tournament.
• Four All-Americans
• Two All-American Honorable Mentions
• Six Academic All-Americans
• One Second-Team All-American
• Two All-Tournament Teams
• Two National Tournaments
• Six Players of the Week Awarded
• One Tournament MVP
• Two First-Team National All-American
• One National All-American Honorable Mention
• Two broken school records
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Annual Report 2004 05
Beginning its sixth year, the Institute for Organizational Effectiveness (iOE) continues to partner
with nonprofit organizations and their leadership teams to pursue performance excellence. Twenty-
four CEOs, primarily serving the larger social service agencies in Allen County, have completed their
iOE experience as members of the first two cohorts. Their program has included special workshops,
organizational assessments, tailored projects and coaching. We plan to continue to build on the goodwill
generated in the iOE cohorts over the past five years.
The 30th anniversary of WBCL approches, and the ministry continues to expand, at home and abroad.
With the installation of a translator at 97.7 fm, WBCL's coverage now blankets Adrian, Mich., thanks to
the generous donors who covered the cost of the entire project.
While many radio stations discontinued Internet streaming due to increasing royalty fees, the value of
around-the-world ministry outweighed the cost. During this past year, over thirty countries have been
Listeners provided 24,800 clothing items during the April Romanian Likewise Project.
26 alumnus G Fall 2005
Annual Report 2004 05
Dr. David J. Gyertson
One of my personal core values is the belief that Christianity is a team sport —
that God's work is done best when capable, committed individuals serve together
as the body of Christ. All that has been achieved during these past five years is the
harvest of a team of dedicated servant-leaders determined to see God's Kingdom and
Christ's glory first. I am thankful for the exceptional people God brought alongside
me. It has been an honor to be yoked with each of them in such important and
May the love of God, the peace of Christ and the gifts and graces of the Holy Spirit
be with you in this Great Commission mission. And may He continue to provide the
resources, vision and courage to both communicate and demonstrate the redemptive
love of Jesus Christ to a world in need through tough minds, tender hearts and hands
outstretched in competent, compassionate service.
A look at Schultz Hall
from the east entrance
after the fire, ft-om the
outside as well as the
Photos courtesy of
Everett White fs04.
Schultz Hall Residents Safe After Fire
Afire in Schultz Hall was discovered by the campus
safety officer on duty at 5:45 am, October 8, 2005.
Immediate action was taken, 91 I was called and students
were evacuated. Of the 35 male residents, 22 were in the
residence hall at the time of the fire. All residents were
evacuated safely and their parents have been Informed
of the situation. SherrI Harter, associate vice president
for advancement, shares "God's hand of protection was
on the residents of Schultz Hall and we are extremely
thankful He guided the campus safety officer and
residence life staff to discover the fire early, before any
personal injury was suffered."
Dr Randall Dodge, dean of students, shares,"! cannot
say enough about how grateful we are for campus safety
and residence life personnel who, in the course of their
faithful service, acted promptly to save lives."
The Fort Wayne Fire Department was successful
in extinguishing the fire. Investigation of the building
damage and loss of personal property is currently in
progress. Fort Wayne Fire Department officials have not
yet determined the cause of the fire.
Taylor University president, Dr Habecker, visited
the scene of the fire and met with students Saturday
responding, "the University will do whatever It can to
make them whole."
Thirty-five Taylor University Fort Wayne Schultz Hall
residents and one assistant resident director were
relocated on campus.
President Habecker reassured
Schultz Hall residents,
"the University will do whatever it
can to make [you] whole."
On Sunday staff continued to assist residential students
(both Schultz residents and others who have been asked
to relocate to make rooms available) and contact was
made with numerous parents who came to campus or
called to ask questions. "Without exception, everyone
has been patient, understanding, and seeking only to help
in this difficult situation," Dr Randall Dodge, shared, then
added, "The student development staff will call parents of
who have not yet
by a University
officials assisted in retrieving vital personal effects for
the residents. Investigation of the building damage and
loss of personal property is in progress. Fort Wayne Fire
Department officials have not yet determined the cause
of the fire.
"Bethany Hall residents went out of their way to meet
our needs," shares Kevin Woods, senior, Houston, TX.
The Bethany Hall residents prepared coffee and breakfast
for the men, and gave them blankets and a warm place to
stay Saturday morning. TUFW faculty and friends have
provided Kevin, and other residents, with clothing, towels
and other important items.
Donations to assist students may be made to the
Student Emergency Assistance Fund.
By taking the first two years
online, students will save
approximately $23,000 in
tuition and $10,000 in room
2 + 2=$
Beginning this fall, TUFW students can complete a bachelors degree in four
years at dramatically reduced costs through Taylors 2+2 Program.
The j&rst two years of study will be online through Taylor's Center for
Lifelong Learning. By taking these first two years online, students will save
approximately $23,000 in tuition and $10,000 in room and board.
At the successful conclusion of online study, students will receive an
associate of arts degree in liberal arts with a concentration in one of a variety
of academic areas. This degree will give students enough credits to attend in
residence at Taylor University Fort Wayne as juniors.
The area of concentration in the associate s degree will become the academic
major for the bachelor's degree.
Majors available through the 2+2 Program include Biblical Literature,
Christian Education, CounseHng, Criminal Justice, Intercultural Studies,
Justice and Ministry, Law and Justice, Management, Marketing, Pastoral
Ministries, Professional Writing, Social Work and Youth Ministries.
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Lilly Endowment, Inc.
announces $4.5 million grant!
"Taylor University is once again particularly blessed to be the recipient
of the generosity of the Lilly Endowment, Inc. Alumni and friends have a
wonderful opportunity to prepare and equip our students to meet 21st
century challenges through a rigorous academic curriculum that enhances
all our programs to ensure the essential Taylor experience. Each dollar you
invest in the University will be matched by the Endowment with $1.50!
I am so excited that God has given me the privilege of leading Taylor
University during these great days of global opportunity. Will you join me
by giving and then celebrating with me God's faithfulness as we partner
together in achieving this goal?"
In a June announcement from the Lilly Endowment, lnc.,Taylor University was invited
to participate in The Special Initiative to Strengthen Philanthropy for Indiana Higher
Education Institutions - Phase II. Beginning June 1, 2005, all gifts from alumni and friends
count toward a $3,000,000 goal that will be matched by the Endowment at a 1 : 1 .5 ratio.
By the conclusion of this special initiative, December 3 1 , 2006, Taylor will receive $4.5
million from the Lilly Endowment, Inc.
Where your calling takes shape
Every dollar counts. Please contact Sherri Harter, associate vice president for advancement,
at (260) 744-8775 for additional information or visit http://fw.taylor.edu/giving.
30 alumnus ES Fall 2005
Faculty, Staff and Student Honors and Acconnplishments
Leon Amstutz, assistant professor
of computing and system sciences,
completed a second Master of Science
degree in Information Technology from
Capella University in June.
David Biberstein, professor of pastoral
ministries, vs^ill serve as interim pastor for
Oak Grove Church of God, Columbia
City, IN, beginning in October He leaves
a three-year interim pastorate at Salem
Community Church, Wilmot, IN.
Michael Cook, assistant professor of
counseling, taught a two-week course,
entitled Discipling Students, to TUFW
faculty and student development
personnel, as part of the spiritual
Anita Gray, director of Calvin H. English
Library/assistant professor, and Michael
VanHuisen, reference librarian/assistant
professor, presented a roundtable
discussion, entitlted "Information
Literacy and the Reluctant Student," at
the Association of Christian Librarians
conference held in Columbia, SC.
Kevin Mahaffy, director, Center for
Lifelong Learning (CLL), and Cherl
Scherry, enrollment and operations
coordinator, CLL, attended an event at
the Indiana Statehouse, August I, at which
Lieutenant Governor Becky Skillman
recognized August I -5 as "Distance
Education Week" in the state of Indiana.
Terry McDonald, non-traditional junior,
pastoral ministries major and mayor
of New Haven, IN, received an award
from the Northeast Indiana Workforce
Investment Board for his Youth Advisory
Jennifer Spurlock, senior, public relations
studies major, completed an internship
with the Greater Fort Wayne Chamber
of Commerce in their small business and
Sonja Strahm, assistant professor/director
of the academic center for enrichment,
attended the National Association for
Developmental Education (NADE) board
meetings in Greensboro, NC,July
2 1 -24; she serves as vice president of
the organization. She also attended the
Technical Institute for Developmental
Education in San Marcus, TX, July 24-29.
Heather St. Peters, assistant professor
of communications, traveled to Lithuania
over the summer where she taught Oral
Communication to students from various
Eastern European nations; the program is
run by Lithuania Christian College (LCC).
St. Peters' has taught at LCC during the
summer months since 2001.
Quinn White, associate professor of
education, was recognized in the 2004-05
Who's Who Among American Teachers,
2004-2005 National Dean's List, 2005
Western Buckeye League Coach of the
Year (he is the track coach at Van Wert
High School,VanWert,OH),and 2005
Van Wert Times Track Coach of the Year.
The Lady Falcon Voileybal! team placed
second at the Goshen Invitational at the
beginning of September.
The Road to Radio
As I sorted through my stack
of daily mail, I found a faded
piece of salmon-colored paper with
handwritten notations in the margins.
The attached letter explained that, as
the family was sorting through the
estate of their mother, they found the
letter and thought I might want it. The
paper, entitled "Indispensable Friends
who will put WBCL on the Air," was 30
Three decades ago, during the fall
season of 1975, the Fort Wayne area
was buzzing with news that a Christian
radio station would be coming soon.
Fort Wayne Bible College President,
Dr. Timothy Warner, and Director of Public Relations, Bob
Weyeneth, were hosting "dessert coffees" to raise the initial
$100,000 from Indispensable Friends to put WBCL on the air.
In my hand was a letter of invitation to one of those coffees.
That piece of paper, now my treasure, was evidence of the
dream that Christian broadcasting would soon be transmitted
in and around the Fort Wayne area. Dr. Warner was ready to
lead the college on a path that loomed large and unknown, but
we were excited and full of anticipation for what God would
do! At 6 a.m. on January 12, 1976, the dream
was realized; music filled the air at 90.3 fm.
Since beginning down that path thirty years
\ ago, The WBCL Radio Network has added
' stations in Archbold and Spencerville, OH. A
translator serves Muncie, IN. This spring, a
dream for the past six years became reality
with the addition of 97.7 in Adrian, MI.
* During these 30 years, the path this
ministry has taken has been a two-way path
l" between staff and listeners. As we have sent
the message of Christ through the airwaves to
thousands of listeners, they have responded
with daily letters, phone calls, e-mails and
personal visits to the WBCL studios. Recent
contacts from over 32 countries confirm that
WBCL's 24/7 Internet streaming provides a path of hope to a
The greatest joy of all is hearing the stories - how WBCL was
the path to listeners' hearts as God used a song, a message,
an interview or a scripture verse to encourage them in their
journey as a Christ-follower.
And, yes, my new treasure is framed and hangs in my office.
Char Binkley, Executive Director,
WBCL Radio Network
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The Pathway Home
New Alumni Director Appointed
In a small Midwest town, in the early 1 970s, the lives of a group of friends were changed, literally, forever.
Harold Raymond, a new Christian, invited his two brothers and high school friends to an Ohio State
University Campus Crusade for Christ rally in the summer of 1972, where they were introduced to the
Gospel. The Gospel spread quickly throughout central Ohio and five area high schools started Bible
studies. The youngest Raymond brother, Scott, gave his life to Christ that summer, as did many of the
friends. Their intense passion for Christ compelled several to full-time ministry, including Scott.
In order to gain a clearer sense of the Lord's direction, Scott waited two years after graduation before
attending college. John Jones g76, a friend of the Raymonds who had attended the Ohio Bible studies,
encouraged Scott to attend Fort Wayne Bible College, where John himself was studying. Scott enrolled
and declared a biblical studies major, intending to ultimately attend seminary.
Raymonds left to right: Amy, a freshman at TUFW, Ashley,
a senior at Covenant College, GA, Julie (Tyrie) g81, Allyson,
who is completing her senior year of high school in GA,
Scott g80 and Amanda, a junior at Blackhawk High School,
Between his sophomore
and junior year, Scott
accepted the call to serve
as senior pastor at a small
church in Ohio. During
.' that year, he had a sense
that the Lord was not
calling him to be a pastor,
yet he was still passionate
He was selected to be
a resident assistant his
L^ : junior year and found his
ministry niche under the
;' :^ leadership of Russ Rogers,
' ^ ' dean of students. He
served as a co-resident
director in Schultz Hall his
senior year and became
resident director after he
I - graduated.
In 1981, he married
his college sweetheart,
Julie Tyrie g8 1 , who had
also served as a resident
assistant at FWBC.They
both felt called to continue
to minister to students in full-time student development
careers, but decided on a year-long sabbatical from living in
college residence during their first year of marriage.They
were not prepared for what would happen next.
That winter, their apartment burned down and they
literally lost everything.They found immeasurable support
from FWBC who provided temporary housing, clothing
and other necessities. Having been invited back campus to
attend a basketball game, they were called to center court
during halftime and presented with a gift of money. "FWBC
stepped up and filled the gap," he recounts.
Beauty from Ashes
Scott got a call from his older brother, sharing that his
church had a furnished apartment and would assist Scott
and Julie in finding new jobs. Although the offer was in
Pennsylvania, they felt the Lord guiding them there. Scott
reflects, "After moving to Pennsylvania, seven months later I
was hired as dean of students at Geneva College that more
than likely I would not have had unless I had been in the
state. God knew our passion was to serve Him in the area
of student development and although our plans seemed
destroyed along with our belongings in the apartment fire, it
was like God had said, 'I'm going to move you in a way you
Three years later, he was hired as dean of students at
Covenant College, a position that he held for over 19
years. "Besides my family and loved ones, my experiencto
in student development have been the greatest blessings
I could have imagined," he recalls. "I have been awed to
see the movement of God in students' daily lives through
the educational community of Christian higher education.
Students' spiritual growth, evidenced by repentance,
reconciliation, sacrifice and learning, were just a few of th
constant reaffirmations that I was in the right place."
Then, last winter it became clear to Scott and Julie that
the Lord's hand was moving them once again.
"After several months of pursuing where God would
have us serve Him next, Julie and I were clearly convinced
that God was calling us back to Fort Wayne; our daughters'
responses have affirmed it, as has the encouragement from
the friends who know us best."
After spending over 30 years in "college," Scott is ready to
"graduate" and join the ranks of alumni services.
"What attracted me to the alumni director's position was
my past at Fort Wayne," he begins, "it's a homecoming to
us, to be able to work with those with whom we share a
heritage and a love for learning. It's our time to give back
to those who so deeply impacted our lives in the 70s as
well as throughout our marriage. We owe a great debt of
love to the faculty, staff and students of Fort Wayne."
But Scott sees a future, not the past. "Ministry to God's
children whether in a congregation or college is the golden
thread that runs through it all. It's an honor to be able to
work alongside the faculty and staff who educated me and
who stayed true to the Gospel and the college's mission all
Where callings take shape
Our Homecoming/Parents' Weekend theme, "Discover again... where your
calhng took shape" echoed throughout the weekend s programs and events
as decades of alumni returned home. The September 23rd weekend was a busy
blend of celebration, remembrance, tribute and vision as Taylor University Fort
Wayne alumni welcomed President Dr. Gene Habecker as our 30th president,
rejoiced with the class of 1955 as they celebrated their 50th reunion, honored
our alumni for their service around the world and buzzed with fresh excitement
about our future. I was humbled by four specific events. The Alumni Chapel
set the starting pace at high speed as Reverend Cal Rychener g80 spoke of
consecrating ourselves for His call. Cal's sermon was on the heels of a high-
powered acoustical performance of the doxology played by Kevin Sowers g84.
The Class of 1955 celebrated its 50th anniversary and filled the room with words
of honor, dignity, humility, love and contentment as they thanked God for their
past and praised Him for our future. The Friday evening tribute by the men
and women of Schultz Hall was powerful as the building's 101 year history,
accompanied by decades of the residence life staff and alumni, was highlighted
by opportunities to stories of His faithfulness. Our Saturday luncheon didn't
miss a beat as God's work on this campus was hallmarked by the faculty,
staff and alumni's unwavering commitment to the purpose and future of the
University! Amidst these fine times were moments of great fellowship around
soccer, a music spectrum, a silent auction, a Bebo Norman/Joy Williams concert
and many other times of sharing and discussion. To one and all who made this
year successful, and to those who are now more committed than ever to making
this the best University in the world, I give you my thanks!
Scott Raymond g80
Director of Alumni Relations
Below (left): Dr. Gene Habecker greets the alumni at the alumni brunch. Below (right): Students
(front row) Becky Agre, sophomore; (second row I to r) Katy Mannarino, freshman, Suzanne
Duvall, senior, (third row I to r) Brad Thomas, sophomore, David Reynolds, sophomore, perform
at the music spectrum. At right: James Gurley g45 looks through a yearbook. Above (right):
Former Schultz Hall residents tour Schultz Hall after the Schultz Hall Reunion. Bottom row (I to
r): Dan Cairl g84, Scott Davis g85, Phil Hentz g84. Middle row (I to r): Mark Condrey g87,Angie
(Widmark) Davis g85,Teri Hogg g86. Back row (I to r):WesWiederkehr fs84, Bryan Allison g86,
Cheri (Nearhood) Deweese g83.
Clockwise from top left:
Rev. Cal Rychener g8 1 receives the
distinguished alumnus for professional
achievement award; Rev. Jeff Gerig g84
receives the distinguished alumnus
for service to Taylor University Fort
Wayne award;Tami Solak, assistant to
the director of alumni relations, receives
honorary alumna award; Dave Lawson,
junior, plays against the alumni in the
varsity vs. alumni soccer game; the class
of 1 955 poses for a picture with spouses/
guests (identified below); Dr Daryl Yost ha96
visits with Rebecca Green g99 (left) and
Brooke Wilson g03; Pam (Carey) Barcalow g7l
and Doug Barcalow g7 1 bid on silent auction
items; Phil Logan g67 and Jan (Schumacher)
Logan g68 are awarded the distinguished
alumnus for personal achievement award.
Class of 1 955, at bottom right: Bottom row
(I to r):Virginia Lehman g55,Velma (Mollan)
Gordon g55, Mae (Schmidt)
Mohr g55. Second row (I to
r): Gordon Klopfenstein g55.
Brad Gordon, Dn Jackie Carl
g53,Tom Mohn g56.Third
row (I to r): Sharon Haller,
Ethel (Schlatter) Klopfenstein
g59, Norman Geisler, Barbara
g55. Fourth row
(I to r):Joe Pitzer
g55, Rev. George
Orville Orr g55.
Pathways m 35
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Office of Alumni Relations • (260) 744-8790 • firstname.lastname@example.org • http://fw.taylor.edu/alumni
Throughout the alumni news, you will find alumni
giving percentages listed by class year, for the fiscal
year 2004-05. Figures include giving to the annual
fund, designated giving, mission trips and WBCL
Rev. Carl and Bette (Driskell) Shafer
fs41 are retired missionaries of the
United Methodist Church, having served
in Cuba and Uruguay. They hve in a
Jacksonville, FL, retirement community.
Miriam (Schumacher) Escher g44
turned 88 years old in November 2004.
She and her husband, George (90)
teach Bible classes and lead a prayer
coffee in Kailua, HI. Miriam's e-mail is
Paul Erdel g48 TUUgSO is teacher and
counselor for Hispanic churches of the
Missionary Church in the North Central
and Michigan districts. His e-mail is
rutherdel@core . com.
Richard g53 and Ida (Snoke) Leever
fs55 are retired and are in their eighth
season of RV ministry in Desert Hot
Springs, CA. Richard is chaplain and
Ida teaches Bible studies. Their e-mail is
Pete and Donelda (Coy) Peterson g53 are
retired missionaries with TEAM. They
continue to hold revival meetings and
seminars on spiritual warfare and speak
at missionary conferences. Their e-mail
Rev. Derrell Brown g55 is retired, but
works part-time as a director at a funeral
home in Riverside, CA. His e-mail is
Stan g55 and Donna Jean
(Neuenschwander) Leonard g55
celebrated their 50th wedding
anniversary on August 7, 2004, at the
First Baptist Church of Prescott, AZ,
where Stan served for 10 years as pastor
of home ministries. Their address is
4541 N Lone Cactus Dr, Prescott Valley,
In March, John Zurcher g58 was
re-elected as superintendent for the
Eastern District of the Missionary
Church for another four years. He
and his wife, Bemadine (Amstutz) g60,
reside in Dover, PA. Their e-mail is
Bob g60 and Margaret "Peggy" (Owen)
Liechty g60 are retired and live in
Berne, IN. Bob is chaplain of The Berne
Ministerium and coordinates Berne
Union Meetings with Dr. Erwin Lutzer.
They have three married children and
seven grandchildren. Their e-mail is
bpliechty @yahoo . com .
Howard g6 1 and Ruth (Ringenberg)
Moser g6 1 sei've with World Partners
USA in northwest Spain after 40 years
of ministry in Ecuador Their e-mail is
Ralph g62 and Norma (Lehman)
Brandenburg g62 minister to Cubans in
Florida. E-mail is email@example.com.
Grant Osborne g64 is in his 29th year
teaching New Testament at Trinity
Evangelical Divinity School. His e-mail
Samuel and Ruth (Pipkin) Wegner
g64 serve as missionaries in Italy with
Biblical Ministries Worldwide. Their e-
mail is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Judith (Dunlap) Barr g65 is director of
Samaritan Homeless Clinic in Dayton,
OH. This past year, she was chosen as
one of Dayton's Top Ten Women.
Darryl Congos g65 is the founder/
director/speaker of College Level
Learning Skills. His e-mail is
Roger Doriot fs65 and his wife, Suzanne,
are missionaries in Indonesia. They
completed a seminar to get God's
Word into all the languages of Papua;
65 people from 35 different language
groups attended. Roger's e-mail is
rogerdoriot@yahoo . com .
Myron g66 and Betty Harrison g65
serve with OMF International in the
Philippines. Myron participated in
TOPIC and Mentor Link seminars.
E-mail them at email@example.com
Niles Kageyama g66 has served as
pastor of Koloa Missionary Church for
14 years. He was recently appointed
as vice superintendent of pastoral care
in the Hawaii district. His e-mail is
Ann (Radcliffe) Mann fs66 teaches
first grade at Powers Terry Elementary
School. She and her husband, Jerry, live
in Marietta, GA. Their e-mail is jerry.
Terry g66, TUU68 and Shirley (Berty)
Snyder g64 retired from pastoral
ministry in the United Methodist
Church and are now working as staff
care ministers with China Outreach
Ministries. Terry continues to be a
trainer with Life Innovations. They
live in Erie, PA. Their e-mail is
John g67 and Arlene (Dissinger) Motter
g67 served the Phillipsburg Missionary
Church for 10 years. John will continue
his chaplaincy 2 days a week at Day
View Nursing Home. Their e-mail is
j dacmotter@juno . com .
Jon g68 and Judy (Reavis) Sevall g67
have served with World Partners USA
since 1970. Efirstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Jerry Knoblet g70 recently published
a book "Herod the Great." Jerry has
taught Greek and Theology for the last
seven years at Appalachian Bible College.
Rick Haberkamp g72 is preparing
training materials to teach church
workers in northern Chad. His e-mail is
haberkS @yahoo . com .
Paul g72 and Marian (Enders) Keidel
g72 serve with C&MA as field directors
in France. Marian recently completed a
study program that certifies her to teach
English as a Foreign Language. Their
e-mail is email@example.com.
Brad Smith g73 is director of
communications at Trinity Evangelical
Free Church in Redlands, CA. His e-mail
In June, Wayne Allen g75 and others
formed a prayer team and traveled
to Thailand. He will be in India
and Indonesia this fall, training
people to launch church planting
movements around the world by
personal discipleship. His e-mail is
Roy and Darla (Schock) Oksnevad g75
serve with The Evangelical Free Church
Mission. Roy trains and teaches groups
to minister to other cultures. Darla is
substitute teaching at Timothy Christian
School. E-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Carol (Edwards) Kuehnert fs77 is
a case manager for Home Nursing
Services, Fort Wayne, IN. She has three
daughters: Jami, who was married in
July; April, who was married in April;
and Kelli, who is a senior in high school.
Guy Suzuki fs77 is a public school
cafeteria manager serving three
elementary schools and one high school
(over 3,500 meals daily). His e-mail is
suzukign7 1 @hawaii . com.
Mark fs78 and Debbie (Rupp) Blosser
g79 served with Trans World Radio for
over 25 years, five of them in Africa.
They are close to their goal of covering
the entire country of Swaziland with
Christian FM broadcasting. Their e-mail
Jeannie (Gerig) Johnson g78 and her
husband, Tim TUUg81, visited the USA
this summer They returned to Japan
where they serve with TEAM. Their e-
mail is email@example.com.
In July, Mark g78 and Dee Krueger
returned to Guinea from home
assignment. Future plans are to develop
a mobile medical ministry, start a
computer-learning center, develop a
water filtration project, and continue
the use of English classes for outreach.
Mark is assuming new responsibilities as
assistant Fula team leaden Their e-mail
Alan g78 is director of district
ministries and Kim (Wills) Yerke g78 is
administrative assistant at the Michigan
district office of the Missionary Church.
Al is also an adjunct professor at Spring
Arbor University. Their e-mail is
Gary Aupperle g79 serves as senior
pastor of Hope Missionary Church
in Bluffton, IN. His e-mail is
gkaupp@y ahoo . com .
Deborah Nayrocker fs79 is the author
of the recently released book "The Art
of Debt-Free Living." Her e-mail is
Carol Findlay g80 returned to South
Korea on July 20.
This summer Elwood "Skip" Kite g80
was involved in children's meetings,
a father/son speaking engagement,
dramatic presentations, meetings with
pastors, camps and numerous VBS
programs. E-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org.
John Gerig g81 is pursuing his doctorate
through The Oxford Centre for Mission
Studies. Residency is required in
England for the first three months. His
e-mail is email@example.com.
Duane Hunt g8 1 is pastor of Center
Point Church in Florida. His wife,
Peggy (Hodges) g81, teaches 5th grade
in a public school. They have five adult
children and three grandchildren. Their
e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org.
ALUMNI GATHERINGS: COMING SOON TO A CITY NEAR YOU!
Oct con't November 2005 January 2006
18 Pittsburg, PA area
25 Chicago, IL area 1 Berne, IN area 23 St Petersburg, FL area
/ 9 Lancaster, PA area
26 Chicago, IL area 10 Indianapolis, IN area 24 Avon Park, FL area
1 9 Lancaster, PA area
25 Sarasota, FL area
24 Gurnee, IL area
26 Fort Myers, FL area
in italics are held at lunch, all other events are held in the evening.
News Notes G 37
Alumni Cross Paths
Don g8 1 and Rachel (Weber) Kramer
g79 serve with C&MA in Taiwan. Don
was named field director in July. Their
e-mail is email@example.com.
Lorie (Sonnentag) Vincent g85 lives in a small Wisconsin town, but is having a big
impact on the medical community. She v^as diagnosed with uterine leiomyosarcoma,
a very rare cancer, six years ago. Despite the fact that it was detected very early and
she showed no symptoms of the cancer at the time, she was given a bleak prognosis of
five years. Although she continues to battle with cancer, now into the sixth year, she has
oudived her doctor's most opdmistic prognoses. She underwent two rounds of radiation
and completed four years of chemotherapy in April. Since then, two new tumors have
been discovered in her left lung; and, chemotherapy has resumed. She will undergo
her third lung resection this fall if the tumors do not shrink. She has been receiving
breakthrough chemo treatments, and if successful, her case will make medical journals by
While leaving a little doctor's office (two exam rooms), following a chemo treatment
last year, another woman seeking treatment asked her if she was Lorie Vincent, who had
attended Fort Wayne Bible College. The other woman in the office was Vicki (Vincent)
Miller g83. Both women's husbands, Mark g85 and Tony g84, played on the FWBC soc
team. Lorie's husband Mark was often thought to beVicki's brother since they shared
same last name (there is no known relation). Despite living near each other in the smU
Midwestern area, the two women had not seen each other in 20 years. Lorie shares.'The
two nurses, one technician and doctor in the office were all curious about our reunion; it
turned into quite a ministry opportunity!"
Lorie adds, "God has been merciful to me in so many ways and I'll be forever grateful. I
continue with chemotherapy on a regular basis, beginning my fourth straight year. Other
than fatigue, I am doing well and living a life that I now consider (almost) normal."
Vicki was diagnosed with breast cancer in March of 2004, had surgery, chemo and
radiation. With all check ups having been clear of cancer so far, she hopes to celebrate
one year cancer free in October.
Both Lorie and Vicki continue to serve in ministry for which they were trained
at FWBC. Lorie and her husband own Design For Ministry^M, a consulting firm for
churches, para-churches and other non-profit organizations. Vicki serves as business
office coordinator at Timber-lee Christian Center Both women have teenagers and adult
children. Lorie's positive attitude is evident as she concludes, "God is alive and able to
work through his servants, who remain open to his calling in all circumstances."
Curtis Alexander g83 is senior pastor
of Groveland Missionary Church in
central Illinois. He was recently named
associate editor of Missionary Church
Today magazine. His e-mail is
Above left: Vicki (Vincent) Miller g83, youngest daughter, Cara, husband, Tony
g84. Above right: Mark g85 and Lorie (Sonnentag) Vincent g85.
Jim Hughes fs85 serves with Missionary
Athletes International, North Carolina.
Ministry opportunities for the Charlotte
Eagles include Holland, Singapore,
Thailand, Rwanda and Uganda as the
team tours these countries playing
soccer and sharing the Gospel. E-mail is
Allen Rassi g85 is director of youth and
program ministries at St. Marys United
Methodist Church in Georgia. His
wife, Rebecca (Sprow) fs85, serves as
organist/pianist. She also teaches piano
and flute. Allen also works part-time for
Camden County High School in the area
of sound and multimedia technology.
They have four children. Their e-mail is
Jim Gehman g86 and his wife, Bonnie,
and daughters are on home assignment
from Venezuela until August 2006. Their
e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org and Web
page is www.gehmanfamily.net.
Janna (Schlatter) Worthman g86 is
director of children's ministry, Grabill
Missionary Church, Grabill, IN. She and
husband, Randy, have three children:
Kaley (13), Conner (11) and Kensley (8).
Dave g87 and Dorcas McDeavitt g76
were in the USA for the summer. Their
e-mail is email@example.com.
Ed Irmeger g88 is an accountant
for Drywall City in Bloomington,
IL. He received his BS degree from
Illinois State University in 2000. He
and his wife, Kathy (Nemeth) g88,
have four children. Their e-mail is
edandkathyplus4@netscape . com.
Bradley Ulick g88 is pastor of Spring
Lake Missionary Church and chaplain
at the Pekin Police Department. In
1992, he received his masters in ministry
from Bethel College. He and his wife,
Kimberly (Parker) g90, reside in Illinois
with their children, Caleb and Lorinda.
Their e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Graham g88 and Lori (Fazio) West
fs86 and family led a group of 25 to
Singapore and Thailand this summer.
Graham is director of international
tours, global department. Missionary
Athletes International. His e-mail is
Bruce g89 and Dawn (Clark) Cluckie
g89 are on a one-year home ministry
assignment; they will return to Guinea
in August 2006. Their e-mail is
Todd and Tammy (Hall) Fedele g90 and
daughters, Lydia and Abigail, announce
the birth of Gabriel Michael bom May
19. Their address is 17238 County Rd
226, Cecil, OH 45821.
Dr. Jennifer Perkins-Behun fs91 is a
child disability specialist for the military
and teaches at Florida Metropolitan
University. Jennifer published a
children's book on autism in 1994 and
provides training services for teachers,
parents and students on children with
disabilities. She was honored this past
year in Who's Who of American Women.
Her e-mail is email@example.com.
Kent Kessler g91 with his wife,
Melissa, and children announce the
birth of Andrew Joel bom July 4.
Kent is director of youth ministries
at Main Street United Methodist
Church in Kokomo, IN. His e-mail is
kkkessler@yahoo. com .
David Reed g91 was ordained in the
Michigan district of the Missionary
Church, May 15. Dr Doug Barcalow
g71, associate dean of Christian
Ministries, was the ordination speaker
David is completing a PhD at Fordham
University; he has accepted a faculty
position at Bethel College, Mishawaka, IN.
Timothy Stauffer g9 1 is president of
Stauffer Financial Advisors. He and
his wife, Karen, and four adult children
reside in Fort Wayne. Tim's e-mail is
tim@staufferfinancial . com .
Tammy (Gerstung) Brown g92 and
husband, Joel TUU g9 1 , along with
Haley (8), Savannah (7) and Joelle (5),
announce the adoptions of Samuel Paul,
bom July 18, 2003, and Isaac David,
bom July 11, 2004. Their e-mail is
j oeltammyx7@yahoo . com .
Mark McMeen fs92 works on a dairy
farm; his wife, Sharon (DeBolt) g94, is
a parapro for 5th-6th grade at Chicago
Street School in Bronson, MI. They have
three children: Stephen (11), Sarah (10)
and Micah (8).
Amy (Level) g92 married William Warren
on July 9. She teaches at South Wayne
Elementary School, Fort Wayne, IN. Her
e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tom and Brenda (Garver) Shepherd g93,
and daughters, Annalise (4) and Katie
(2), announce the birth of Allison Grace.
June 12. Their address is 1 1763 N 600 W
90, Roanoke, IN 46783.
Clark Woods g93 is the clearing
services relationship manager for
Lincoln National Corporation. He is
also involved in the Fort Wayne Study
Connection, Fort Wayne Urban League,
Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana,
Habitat for Humanity, Homeward
Bound and the InRoads Program. His
e-mail is email@example.com.
Brian Colby g94 is pastor of Fairfield
Missionary Church. His wife, Nicole
(AnJoiey) fs91 teaches at Miami
University part-time and cares for their
children: Wesley (3) and Morgan (1).
Their e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Petula Myers g94 serves with C&MA.
She teaches three English classes, is
finishing her final six months of language
study and is involved in Sunday services,
prayer meetings and cell groups. Her
e-mail is email@example.com.
Sarah (Mathew) Curry g95 is missions
coordinator at Calvary Missionary
Church. She and her husband, Steven,
and family reside in Redford, MI. Their
e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eric Flood g96 is associate pastor of
South Park Church, Park Ridge, IL. His
e-mail is email@example.com.
Susan (Twedell) Oleson g96 and
husband, James, announce the birth
of Elijah James on January 14, 2004.
James is a design engineer with Florida
Production Engineering. Their e-mail is
Mark g96 and Nicky (Williams) Pulfer
gOO have a daughter, Olivia Isabel, bom
December 14, 2002. Nicky attends
lUPUI School of Law. Contact them
at 5522 Guilford Ave, Indianapolis, IN
Matt Adams g97 is worship pastor at
Grace Fellowship. He and his wife,
HoUi, reside in Orlando, FL. Their e-
mail is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mark and Tui (Walcott) Bedwell g97
with son, Austin, rejoice in the birth of
daughter, Morgan Tui, bom August 22.
Jason Galvan and Aron (Barthold) g97
were married on March 19, 2004. They
reside in San Diego, CA.
Ben g98 and Jill (Stackert) Polhemus
g95 with children, Kyle and Ellyse,
announce the birth of Ayden on May
5, 2004. Ben is youth pastor at Real
Life Community Church, Portage, IN,
and Jill is a dental hygienist. E-mails
are bpolhemuslO@hotmail.com and
jpolhemus 3 @peoplepc . com.
Jennifer (Beeching) Byler g99 and her
husband, Mark, announce the birth of
Aiden James on March 20. Jennifer
teaches in Fort Wayne Community
Schools. Her e-mail is email@example.com.
Michael Donovan fs99 &. TUUg99 and
his wife, Abby, announce the birth of
Michael Earnest Jr on March 28. Their
e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shani Gray g99 is assistant professor for
sociology, anthropology and criminal
justice at Valdosta State University in
Georgia. She received her doctorate of
philosophy from lU on June 30. Her e-
mail is email@example.com.
Betsy Anderson fsOO graduated from
Dominican University, River Forest, IL,
in May with a master's degree in social
work. She is employed with Bethany
Christian Sendees. Contact her at 61
Dogwood St, Park Forest, IL 60466;
betsyaZ 1 @yahoo.com.
Jonathan and Dawn (Renkenberger)
Crandall gOO were married May
14. TUFW participants were Kola
(Dhurata) Embry g02 and Paul Ziegler
cs. Dawn works at Barnes & Noble
in Indianapolis. Jonathan is a design
engineer at Carr Metal Products.
Rick Henderson gOO is a flight
coordinator for Net Jets. He and his
wife Niki reside in Columbus, OH. His
e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cara (Lambert) Jones gOO and her
husband, Greg, and son, Dalton,
announce the birth of Olivia Grace on
March 26, 2004. Cara is a child and
adolescent case manager at Wabash
Valley Hospital. She may be reached at
Jeremy gOO and Sarah (Spinney) Steup
g02 announce the birth of Renee
Elizabeth on December 10, 2004. E-
mail them at email@example.com and
Robert Sweeney gOO is senior pastor at
Cass City Missionary Church. He and
his wife, Laura, and daughters, Katelyn
(6) and Emma (3) reside in Cass City,
MI. E-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bill gO 1 and Lauren (Bour) Davenport
g98, with Colman (6), Mary (4) and
Elisa (2), welcomed Tess Gabrielle, bom
April 7, to their family. Bill's e-mail is
admin@mcusa . org .
Ryan McGee fsOl is communications &
programming coordinator for Heartland
Church in Indianapolis, IN. His e-mail
James Rediger gOl works for the Greater
Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce
as a communications assistant in the
small business division. His e-mail is
Todd Yoder gOl and his wife. Amy and
son, Mark, welcome to their family,
Caleb Amo, born February 9. Todd is
associate pastor of youth and parents at
Jerusalem Chapel in PA. Their e-mail is
Jill (Probst) Bauer g02 is senior regional
coordinator with Junior Achievement of
Washington. She married Scott Bauer
on December 17, 2004. Her e-mail is
j illprobst@yahoo . com .
Andy Booth g02 and is wife, Trisha, with
Jacob (2), announce the birth of Elijah
David on May 13. Andy is assistant
pastor at Heartland Community
Church, Fort Wajme, IN. His e-mail is
andy@hccfw. com .
Amy (Englert) Hepler fs02 received
her BSW from the University of South
Florida in 2002 and her MBA from Saint
Leo University in May. She is a lender at
the MacDill Federal Credit Union. Her
husband, Troy, is a staff sergeant at the
MacDill Air Force Base. Amy's e-mail is
amy_hepler@msn . com .
Ashley King g02 is the financial/
executive assistant at Vineyard
Community Church in Greenwood, IN.
Her e-mail is email@example.com.
Yewubdar Manmektot g02 married
Tyree Barfield August 6, 2004. They also
announce the birth of Victoria Mekedes
on May 1. Their address is 6510 Hadley
Farm Ln, Fort Wayne, IN 46835.
Rachel Osborn g02 is a banking
compliance consultant in Salem, OH.
Her e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org.
George Oprisko III g02 graduated from
lU Bloomington on May 7 with an MS in
education, specializing in student affairs/
administration. He accepted a position
as area coordinator with John Carroll
University in Cleveland, OH. His e-mail
Nathan Henriksen g03 married Erin
Vesperman on May 28. Jon Ferguson
g02 participated in the wedding. Nate
and Erin reside at 1004 E Racine Ave,
Waukesha, WI 53186.
Mark Hunziker fs03 returned home from
a six-month overseas deployment just in
time to join his wife, Kristin (Carlson)
Hunziker g02, in welcoming the addition
of Chad Harris born May 10. Mark
continues to serve in the US Navy and
Kristin works as a nanny. Their e-mails
are email@example.com and
Brooke Wilson g03 spent three weeks
with the American Red Cross in the gulf
area aiding in relief efforts.
Danielle Creech g04 is an advocacy
counselor with Projects Place. Contact
her at 421 1 Elsa Terrace, Baltimore, MD
April Gridley g04 is in South Korea
teaching English for one year. Her
e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org
and Web site is http://aprilsadventures.
Josh g04 and Brenda (McDonald) Keim
g04 were married on January 1 . They
live in Fort Collins, CO. Their e-mail is
graywolfkd@aol . com .
Sandy Koselke g04 married Jeremy
Claus on July 16. Ann (Spencer)
Heathco g04 and Aleya (Kruis) Raterman
g04 participated in the wedding. E-mail
Nathanael Martin g04 graduated
from the Indiana Police Corps with
"Distinguished Honors" at the Indiana
Law Enforcement Academy on February
4. He is now a police officer with the
Lowell Indiana Police Department. His
e-mail is IItimothy4_7@yahoo.com.
Nicholas fs04 and Ellen (Lundeen) Miller
fs04 and Kaitlyn Faith (1) welcome to
their family, Jackson Wayne, bom May
1 1 . E-mail is email@example.com.
This past summer. Heather Neilson
g04 led a team of college students with
English Language Institute of China
to China. She is assistant registrar at
King's College and Seminary. Her e-mail
David Sensenig g04 is a teacher's aide
with The Reginald S. Lourie Center
School in Maryland. His e-mail is
40 alumnus Q Fall 2005
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Americans have no will?
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Don't let your legacy flatline.
Let Al Rupp help you in your estate planning.
Please remember to leave Taylor University Fort Wayne in your will.
For more information about long-range estate and financial plans
contact Al Rupp at 260.744.8871 or http://fw.taylor.edu/wtf.
Julia Bcange g05 was the program
director at a Christian girls' camp near
Toronto this summer She moved to
Calgaiy, Alberta, to pursue an MA in
communication studies in September
Her e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dorothy Biadley g05 works with the
Marion County Prosecutor's Office as
an IRS/BMV specialist. Her e-mail is
Eileen Cla>1on g05 is in Ecuador serving
with HCJB World Radio, teaching first/
second grade at Nate Saint Memorial
School for one year. Her e-mail is
eileenmarieclayton@yahoo . com .
Elizabeth Lehman g05 applied to serve
as a missionary in Haiti and the 4VEH
radio station. In June, she went on
the short term mission trip to Haiti
which provided her with a glimpse into
her future as a missionary working at
the 4VEH radio station. The position
needed was exactly what she had
been praying for. Elizabeth's e-mail is
li z_lehman@hotmail .com.
Brian cs and Jennifer (Ritter) Omerso
fs05, with daughter, Lilly, announce the
birth of Wesley David, May 6. Jennifer
is the children's youth director at First
United Methodist Church of Bluffton.
Erica Stratton g05 is a 4th grade teacher
at First Assembly Christian School
in Winston-Salem, NC. Her e-mail is
stratcat9 1 1 @hotmail . com .
Jeff g05 and Beth (Mittank) Yates g04
announce the birth of daughter, Isabella
Renee, born January 28. Jeff is the
youth and family associate pastor of
Anthony Wayne First Church of God,
Fort Wayne, IN.
Dorothy (Lindeman) Oden fs23 went to
be with the Lord on May 2 1 . She was
employed at General Electric Company
for 10 years and at J. C. Penney Co. for
20 years, retiring in 1971. She was a
member of First Missionary Church. A
daughter, seven grandchildren and 1 1
great-grandchildren survive her.
Lucille (Hesselbart) Niswander fs36
joined her husband, Dwight fs37, in
heaven, June 23. She served with her
husband of 53 years as he pastored
churches in OH, KS and CA. They also
served on staff at Elim Bible Institute,
NY and at Mt. Zion Retreat Center, PA,
and in Canada. Her husband, a son
and a daughter and three grandchildren
preceded hen She is survived by two
sons, three daughters, 21 grandchildren
and 19 great-grandchildren.
Bernice (Moore) Tuckey fs36, beloved
wife of Dr. John Tuckey g36, went home
to be with Jesus on June 1 . John's
address is 8348 Davison Rd, Davison,
Donald Eicher g37 entered into eternal
life in heaven on February 16.
Jane (Bedsworth) Hollenberg g39
departed for heaven on April 28. She is
survived by two daughters, three sisters
and five grandchildren.
On January 30, M. Lucille (Fisher)
Amstutz g43 entered her heavenly home
to be with Jesus and her husband,
Winfred g43, who preceded her.
Anna Neuensch wander fs43 was
received in heaven on August 6. She
served the Bible College for over 30
years as secretary to three presidents:
S. A. Witmer, Jared Gerig and Timothy
Warner. Later, she became secretary
at Missionary Church Headquarters,
Fort Wayne. She was a member of First
Mennonite Church in Berne, IN. She
was preceded by three brothers and two
sisters. Two sisters survive her.
Ilva Yoder g46 entered her heavenly
home on June 10.
Helen (Imler) Walberg g47 went to her
heavenly home on February 1 1 . She
retired in 1985 after 35 years of teaching
She was a first grade teacher in the
Belvidere, IL, school system for 31 of
those years. Her husband, a brother, a
grandson and five nieces and nephews
Harold Lehman g55 entered heaven
on May 23. He was a retired funeral
director and minister. His wife,
Elizabeth (Baird) g56, a daughter and
two sisters survive him. Elizabeth's
address is 27107 Rainbow Creek Dr,
Temecula, CA 92591-4512.
On December 19, 2003, Mary Pavkov
fs58 joined her husband, Julius g60, in
Carl B. Ervin g59 entered heaven on
January 13. After being ordained
into the ministry in 1963, he and his
wife, Emogene (Davis) g58, served the
Missionary Church in PA, OH and MI.
They served in The Free Methodist
Church in MI and OH from 1979-1993,
when he retired. Carl is survived by his
wife, daughter, son, brother, sister and
several nieces and nephews.
Thomas R. Jones fs65 was received into
heaven on November 4, 2003. He was a
retired pastor, serving in Michigan. His
wife, Ruth survives him.
Sherry Ferber g89 was received in
heaven on April 14. She is survived
by her parents, a brother, a sister, two
nieces and a nephew.
Taylor University is grateful for the
gifts which are given and specifically
designated "in honor of" or "in memory
of" loved ones, family members, friends,
faculty members, classmates or those
who, in some way, have left an indelible
impression on the donors.
In Memory of Joenita Yost
In Memory of Lucille Niswander
Larry and Sherry Williams
John and Leanne SmaUing
Cokesbury United Methodist Church's
Pathfinders Sunday School Class
In Memory of Clifford Eichenauer
Eldon and Ruthann Eichenauer
In Honor of John Cherrie's 50th
Anniversary of Graduation
Gene and Janice Cherrie
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fs = former student
cs = current student
ha = honorary alumni
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